Italian Mafia Member Arrested in Mexico Accused of Drug Trafficking.
The Italian authorities have raised concerns regarding a change in the alliances of global criminal groups. According to the latest information, it seems that the Calabrian Ndrangheta and Mexico’s Cartel Jalisco New Generation have formed an alliance.
According to reports from the Antimafia Investigation Directorate (DIA), it has been revealed that a Mexican criminal organization provides Italian mobsters with shipping containers full of cocaine. Additionally, it has been reported that there is a relationship between the two criminal organizations. Mexico’s Proceso has reported that the Italian criminal group dominates the majority of cocaine trafficking across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
In the past, the Ndrangheta had business partnerships with the Sinaloa Cartel and the Gulf Cartel, but now they have formed a new alliance with CJNG. According to Proceso’s report, the initial partnerships between the Calabrian mafia and Mexican cartels were established in 2008. 200 people were arrested in Operation Solare in the USA, Guatemala, and Italy, revealing the connections between the Gulf Cartel and the Schirripa clan of the Ndrangheta.
Operation Solare II, which took place in 2011, exposed the collaboration between the Zetas cartel and several families of the Ndrangheta. According to the news outlet Proceso, in 2020, it was reported that the Sicilian Cosa Nostra and the Sinaloa Cartel had connections that were discovered through several operations.
The update from DIA does not indicate the involvement of any other cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel. The Cartel Jalisco New Generation is currently the only active Mexican crime syndicate.
The CJNG made a name for itself in Mexico as one of the most violent and sadistic criminal organizations. In Europe, drug trade is associated with various cartels, but in Mexico, CJNG stands out as the primary cartel known for utilizing improvised explosive devices, car bombs, and even drones to drop IEDs on their adversaries.